CCA joins coalition lawsuit to block implementation of COOL
The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has joined a coalition of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S. and Canada in filing a lawsuit to block implementation of the recently amended U.S. mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation.
The complaint is made on the grounds that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 23, COOL amendment violates the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Agriculture Marketing Act, and is arbitrary and capricious. The lawsuit was filed July 8 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In addition to the CCA, plaintiffs include the American Association of Meat Processors, American Meat Institute, Canadian Pork Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association, and Southwest Meat Association. Click here to read the coalition’s joint news release. CCA President Martin Unrau said the legal action is warranted because the increase in discrimination against imported cattle inherent in USDA’s May 23 amendments to the COOL rule will irreparably injure Canada’s livestock producers. “The CCA is forced to take this step with its allies as the USDA chooses to continue down a path of unfair trade discrimination that undermines the job security of American workers and harms the U.S. meat processing industry in addition to placing an unfair burden on Canadian cattle producers.”